Using Essential Oils for Cough Relief
Essential oils are long known to us since thousands of years but still less used. They are derived from certain plants with proven healing abilities through steam destination. We can say that the essential contain the essence, the life force of the plants. They are highly concentrated and are usually used diluted or in essential oils diffusers. There are many common benefits between different essential oils but there are also many specific and unique benefits for each essential oil.
Most of us have had a cold, allergy, or another problem that caused a nasty cough, or a runny nose. To relief the symptoms of a common cold, we tend to take anti-inflammatories that have various side effects but act fast and relief the symptoms efficiently. Against a cough we most often take expectorants or suppressants, both of which are chemical products that should be taken with caution. For a runny or blocked nose that can be caused by flu, cold, or allergy our most common choices are the antihistamines or products like xylomethazoline that shrink the nasal vessels reducing the discharges and relieving the blocked nose. But I am sure that you have heard about using essential oils to relief the symptoms of colds and cough.
There are many similarities between the various essential oils such as anti-bacterial effects and the skin and hair regeneration properties. The lack of knowledge leads many people to use essential oils in based on their fragrance (or availability at home), considering that the beneficial effects will be similar. I have read in many blogs for homemade cosmetics where the common recommendation is to use few drops of essential oils of choice. This is a very general concept and will prevent from revealing their full potential. Even they share some properties each essential oil has its own unique qualities and when used in the right dose and combination with other essential oils will deliver fantastic benefits.
Essential oils can be used in so many various ways that allow different applications. Several essential oils can help with bronchitis. There can help loosen the mucous and make the cough more productive. They can enhance the immune system and eliminates bacteria and viruses. With the right combinations and application, the essential oils will relief the cough and the cold symptoms as efficient as the commonly used drugs.
The most common way is to make topical remedies. Camphor and menthol are natural treatments for cough used for centuries and today in many popular salves. They usually come in an ointment you rub on your throat and chest. Their strong-smelling vapours may ease your cough and open up your stuffy head. Using essential oils as a topical remedy will require diluting them in a carrier oil. They are highly concentrated and when directly applied to the skin can burn and cause a rash. A carrier oil is a natural plant oil that can quickly dissolve the essential oils and facilitate their absorption into the skin. Good choice for carrier oil could be raw, unrefined coconut oil which is slowly absorbed and excellent for a long lasting effect. For oily skin grapeseed oil would be perfect as it is rapidly absorbed without leaving a greasy feeling.
To inhale essential oils for cough relief add few drops in a bowl of hot water, drape a towel over your head and breathe in deeply for 10-15 minutes. If the water is too hot or boiling, you will inhale steam, and this can have some negative effect on your respiratory system. Again I would advise using a combination of several essential oils for maximum effect. You can also apply oils to a cotton ball, tissue, or handkerchief. Carry it around with you and inhale liberally. Make sure you don’t use any synthetic materials.
For inhalation use the following combination:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am a professional aesthetician and during many years I specialized in natural cosmetics and natural beauty products. I use different essential oils combinations in the beauty products I make for my customers and I learned how to properly combine different essential and carrier oils to achieve maximum effect. I learned a lot about the healing properties of the essential oils not only about their skin and hair use but also about their emotional and healing properties. For many years now I sue essential oils to treat and prevent different conditions. I am also the founder of www.naturalkosmetics.com where I write about natural beauty and give advises how to make your own natural cosmetics at home.